We didn’t last year, I was expecting it and it didn’t happen until we eventually changed formation, a trick I don’t see working again.
The issue is the atmosphere is poison and it wasn’t like that until the second half of last season. I think fans will be angry about our start and our window and Wenger is going to be doubted and abused for every decision all season. He’s starting on the back foot and I can’t see him bringing it back. Even all the pundits appear to be Wenger out now (except for Neville who it appears will never turn).
In the past when 4th was in doubt our rivals (Spurs, Liverpool, Villa, Everton etc.) ended up bottling it and we ended up making it through because of that.
I don’t see 2 of the top 4 contenders bottling it in that fashion this year. 4th is no longer the consolation prize for the team who can’t finish in the top 2/3, you need to actually do well to get there and I think our players are capable but the situation we’re in will make us fall short, potentially by some distance.